A Winnipeg woman is standing her ground after being the subject of misogynistic remarks in a private group chat involving NHL players.
"Everything I publish, I publish online since I feel gorgeous. I feel terrific. I feel worthwhile. I just do not believe it's worth it to let a few remarks from individuals who plainly don't respect ladies get to you."
Nicole Zajac's Instagram images were amongst those shared in a personal group chat that consisted of three Winnipeg-born hockey players.
In it, the group of males made comments about different ladies's online photos, consisting of Zajac's, writing comments like "oink oink," "she's in fact revolting" and "I truthfully hope their [sic] fat so I can just deteriorate them." The guys also insulted other NHL players.
Screenshots of these comments were published Wednesday on an anonymous Instagram account that has considering that been erased.
Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic was consisted of in the chat. He said sorry on Twitter Wednesday for the remarks, saying they were "offensive."
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University of Manitoba guys's hockey gamer Jeremey Leipsic, Brendan's younger sibling, was also on the chat. In an emailed statement sent to CBC News, the Bisons stated they kicked him off the team Thursday.
"Bison Sports was exceptionally disappointed to find out of the comments made by the group of popular hockey players, including among our own, who were associated with the personal group chat that has emerged online," said Gene Muller, the university's director of sports and recreation.
"We condemn any such remarks and mindsets as they stink, remiss and have definitely no place in sport or in our programs."
Jack Rodewald was also part of the chat. The 26-year-old Winnipegger has actually played 10 games with the Ottawa Senators.
the undesirable and offensive comments' made by forward Brendan Leipsic in a personal conversation that dripped on Wednesday.(Rob Carr/Getty Images)Group chat'plainly reveals a lot about the males'Zajac stated she received the screenshots from the group chat on Tuesday from an anonymous e-mail address. She said she understands a few of the men in the group chat personally, so she messaged them about it and spoke to them. The next day, she saw the posts were made public.
She wanted to utilize this as a way to speak about body positivity, so after the posts were made public, Zajac modified the unfavorable comments onto a picture of herself and published that to Instagram.
Zajac has actually been posting body-positive messages online for two years, and has actually received negative remarks about her appearances prior to. She said she wasn't surprised when the recent comments came to light, though she was "unimpressed" due to the fact that she understands a few of the males in the chat.
In general, she said she hopes the other women impacted by this don't take the remarks seriously.
"They most likely felt lovely posting those photos, so I'm here to tell them that they are, which absolutely nothing anyone ever states can change that," said Zajac.
"I just actually hope that they're not taking it to heart excessive since clearly it reveals a lot about the males and their character, and less about us."
MJHL commissioner calls chat 'completely undesirable'
Some of the males in the group chat seem former gamers in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
"I can barely find words for it. It's guilty and absolutely unacceptable," said MJHL commissioner Kim Davis.
"I imply, I don't know what goes through the minds of people that talk that method or converse like that."
Davis said MJHL professional athletes go through a social media policy at the start of every season. The policy details inappropriate online behaviour for players and staff.
"It makes particular referral to the types of behaviours that are proper and those that are not-- specifically related to sexism and sexual exploitation," stated Davis.
"Every player in the league is made completely mindful, which kind of behaviour is not suitable, will not be accepted and will not be tolerated."
Comments may haunt gamers: coach
In a statement, the NHL informed CBC Sports that the league condemns the remarks made by Leipsic and Rodewald, and that it will be dealing with the situation. The Washington Capitals likewise told CBC Sports it will be dealing with the circumstance internally.
"This might be solved on the arena, in all honesty," said Carter Brooks, an AA hockey coach for 15- to 17-year-olds in Winnipeg and the associate editor at Game On Magazine.
"Some gamers will take offense to what was said. This is walking around the league. This is no laughing [matter]"
What happens now will remain with these professional athletes forever, said Brooks.
"You're gon na Google these players' names ... you'll see that for the rest of their lives," he said.
"This will be something that follows along with them for careers, for sports, for task chances that may not take place because of the method they behaved as 22-, 24-, 25-, 26-year-olds in a personal discussion."